Our Mission

Creating engaging mathematics learning experiences has long been a focus of TERC’s work. Numeracy, the ability to manage the quantitative demands of a situation, to solve problems in real contexts, is at the heart of much that adults need to do. The Adult Numeracy Center at TERC helps adults and young adults understand how math is present and relevant in everyday life, and how they can use this knowledge to improve their lives and communities.

The National Research Council’s definition of math proficiency guides our work with learners, teachers, directors, and professional development providers. Together with state and city partners we build capacity to offer high quality math instruction in adult learning centers, schools, community colleges, and informal settings. We work in concert with informal educators such as environmental organizers to design materials that foster science and math learning.


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Math Musings: An Adult Numeracy Blog

I Found the Answer! (Now What Do I Do with It?)
by Donna Curry I was using a recipe that I had gotten from my cousin in Germany. The recipe called for 200 mL of milk. I wanted to know what that was in cups so I Googled the information. Here’s what I found: To calculate 200 Milliliters to the corresponding value in cups, multiply the quantity in milliliters … Continue reading I Found the Answer! (Now What Do I Do with It?)
Will This Be on the Test? #3
by Sarah Lonberg-Lew Welcome to the third installment of our monthly series, “Will This Be on the Test?” (You can find the first two installments here and here.) Each month, we’ll feature a new question similar to something adult learners might see on a high school equivalency test and a discussion of how one might … Continue reading Will This Be on the Test? #3
Beginning Steps in Addressing DEI in a Math Classroom
by Pam Meader So much has happened in so little time. First the COVID-19 pandemic hit and shortly after school buildings were closed and classes went virtual. Getting up to speed on the latest technologies and transforming face to face class lessons to virtual was a huge task for teachers. The killing of George Floyd … Continue reading Beginning Steps in Addressing DEI in a Math Classroom
Will This Be on the Test? #2
by Sarah Lonberg-Lew Welcome to the second installment of our new monthly series, “Will This Be on the Test?” (If you missed the first blog, check it out here.) Each month, we’ll feature a new question similar to something adult learners might see on a high school equivalency test and a discussion of how one … Continue reading Will This Be on the Test? #2
Will This Be on the Test? #1
by Sarah Lonberg-Lew Welcome to the first installment of our new monthly series, “Will This Be on the Test?” Each month, we’ll feature a new question similar to something adult learners might see on a high school equivalency test and a discussion of how one might go about tackling the problem conceptually. There are lots … Continue reading Will This Be on the Test? #1